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$19.3 million in cocaine seized in Mexico

Sept. 19, 2011 at 3:04 PM

TIJUANA, Mexico, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Police in Baja California said they arrested an alleged member of the Sinaloa drug cartel and seized 519 pounds of cocaine worth $19.3 million.

The cocaine belonged to the Sinaloa cartel and the seizure in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday marked "one of the biggest blows" against any criminal organization in Baja California, Mexican police said in a statement.

Police said investigations by their intelligence unit led them to a house on Tijuana's east side allegedly used by Sinaloan cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to store cocaine.

A raid on the house yielded 213 packages containing cocaine, weapons, ammunition and a Chevrolet van, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Officers arrested Jesus Hernandez Valenzuela, 48, who told investigators he worked for the Sinaloa cartel, the police statement said.

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